What I’m Reading

The Ash House by Angharad Walker

I always have a ton of library books. There are the picture books stacked on the coffee table. There are the books for whatever I’m working on. And then there’s what I’m reading for fun.

My fun reading is a little dark lately. At the moment I’m reading a middle grade novel called The Ash House by Angharad Walker. When eleven year-old Sol arrives at the Ash House, he wants a cure. He’s been in pain for years and none of the doctors can help him. The Ash House is supposed to be where he goes to heal.

I’m about half way through the book and I don’t want to give anything away. But it is oh so creepy. And something is definitely wrong. It is middle grade horror so super atmospheric but not super gory. Just the way I like it.

The audio book I’m listening to is The Lost Village by Camilla Sten. I’m all of 30 minutes into a 9 hour file so I don’t have a feel for this one yet. The publisher’s description says that almost everyone from a village disappears in 1959. The only people that remain are a woman who was stoned and a newborn. In the story, a group returns to make a documentary in the present.

They are just arriving on site when I had to stop listening.

The description says that this is thriller vs horror. It is also a translated title. I’m seeing more and more of those lately.

Honestly, I’m not sure why I’m so into dark books lately. The one I’m working on is a bit dark but not thriller or horror dark. It is SF dark.

Maybe this is why I also have an ongoing stack of picture books. What are you currently reading?